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May the fat man in the red suit bring you many Nose Goblins!

Well it’s that time of year again… here’s a collection of some of my favourite Halloween related images this year!

'Hypnotic Hermees' by Gary Ham

'Hypnotic Hermees' by Gary Ham

Gary’s website // Online Shop

'The Bride and Doom' by Kelly Denato

'The Bride and Doom' by Kelly Denato

Kelly’s Website

'Cat' by Travis Lampe

'Cat' by Travis Lampe

'Pout or Treat' by Travis Lampe

'Pout or Treat' by Travis Lampe

Travis’ Website // Online Shop

'Slo-Poke' by 64 Colours

'Slo-Poke' by 64 Colours

64 Colours Website // Online Shop

'Black Cat' by Kathie Olivas

'Black Cat' by Kathie Olivas

Kathie’s Website // Prints To Buy

'Skeleton Ghost' by Brandt Peters

'Skeleton Ghost' by Brandt Peters

Brandt’s Website // Prints To Buy

'Greeter No. 6A' by Kathie Olivas x Brandt Peters

'Greeter No. 6A' by Kathie Olivas x Brandt Peters

'Boo No. 6B' by Kathie Olivas x Brandt Peters

'Boo No. 6B' by Kathie Olivas x Brandt Peters

'Bride of Frankenstein' by Pinkytoast

'Bride of Frankenstein' by Pinkytoast

'Little Pumpkin and the Pumpkin Pie Maker' by Pinkytoast

'Little Pumpkin and the Pumpkin Pie Maker' by Pinkytoast

Pinkytoast Website // Online Shop

Wow, I haven’t posted anything for a while! It’s been a bit of an eventful month that involved my old computer finally dying on me and taking most of my files with it (note to self : back work up more often) and the resulting frustration in trying to get the new computer set up, do some data recovery and catch up with the backlog of work waiting for me.

Being without computer for a bit did allow me to finally finish a resin model I’d been working on though. Here he is, I’m calling him Moriz.

Moriz by Kookizu (Front View)

Moriz by Kookizu (Front View)

Moriz by Kookizu (Side View)

Moriz by Kookizu (Side View)

Moriz by Kookizu (Size comparison with custom 3" Dunny)

Moriz by Kookizu (Size comparison with custom 3" Dunny)

This was a project I started because I’d been so impressed with what artists like Paul Shih were self producing that I wanted to have a go myself. I chucked myself in at the deep end a bit, having never sculpted or made a mould or used resin before; but I tend to be a bit over ambitious at times so that’s nothing new ^-^ Sometimes that doesn’t work out and sometimes it’s kind of okay…

Here are some work in progress photos of the various stages that went into making the final model – including the really annoying and slightly depressing stage when I pulled the first resin model out of the mould I’d made only to find the arms and legs had huge air bubbles in them! Luckily I had some fantastic advice from Twitter and Flickr friends Tesselate and Muffinman amongst others, who both have years of experience and some very handy tips to pass on for things I could try to fix the mould. It’s all about the air vents!

Moriz by Kookizu (WIP)

Moriz by Kookizu (WIP)

Once I had a model that was hole free came the frankly terrifying prospect of painting it. I put that part off for so long, worried that after all the hard work to make the model I’d ruin it the second I touched it with a paintbrush! I’d been chatting with artist and toy customiser Squink during the time I was working on the model and had sent him a few models to paint in his style when he had some time – I’ve seen a sneak peak of a WIP and it looks really cool – and he kindly sent one back painted with my design, which was a lovely surprise! So impressed with how they looked painted I thought it was only fair that I stopped slacking and at least attempted to paint my model myself too. I’ve a way to go before I have Squink’s toy painting skills, but I didn’t do as bad a job as I thought I might, and was able to use my version for some photos (minus the orange crosses on the cheeks that I chickend out of doing and the fancy typography of the Squink version – learn to walk before I can run and all that) ^-^

Moriz (Squink Version)

Moriz (Squink Version)

So, that’s my first resin toy made. A few hiccups along the way but I ended up with something I was pretty pleased with for a first attempt and I learned some stuff that will hopefully make any future attempts a bit easier!

I think this image is pretty incredible. The sheer scale of it and the level of detail blows my mind a bit. Not to mention the outstanding illustration style all the wonderful characters contained within.

'Solitude' by Joe Fenton (WIP)

'Solitude' by Joe Fenton (WIP)

What makes it even more incredible to me, is that at the stage shown above the entire drawing has been created with just an 8ft by 5ft sheet of watercolour paper and a graphite pencil! I think the artist Joe Fenton must possess super-human levels of patience…

'Solitude' by Joe Fenton (WIP)

'Solitude' by Joe Fenton (WIP)

'Solitude' by Joe Fenton (WIP Detail)

'Solitude' by Joe Fenton (WIP Detail)

'Solitude' by Joe Fenton (WIP Detail)

'Solitude' by Joe Fenton (WIP Detail)

When the graphite sketch is completed, Joe goes back in with ink, acrylic and gouache to add even more depth and complete the piece. Amazing talent – I’d love to see this piece up close!

'Solitude' by Joe Fenton

'Solitude' by Joe Fenton

A quick post of a little image I just saw on Flickr and love! A real-life Gummy Bear killed, skinned and photographed by Brock Davis.

Gummy Bearskin Rug by Brock Davis

Gummy Bearskin Rug by Brock Davis

Genius!

Love these Lace skeletons by Swiss artist and designer Sandra Pelletier!

Lacex by Sandra Pelletier

Lacex by Sandra Pelletier

Lacex by Sandra Pelletier

Lacex by Sandra Pelletier

Lacex by Sandra Pelletier

Lacex by Sandra Pelletier

Last year my friend Cyriak and I made an animation together called ‘Meow’ which was all about a zombie kitten apocalypse (and an excuse to draw some horrible yet cute zombie kittens having a bit of a boogie to one of Cyriak’s music tracks!)

Fast forward to today and a message plopped into Cyriak’s Youtube inbox along with the following photo -

Bell and her little cousin go Trick or Treating!

Bell and her little cousin go Trick or Treating!

I had a quick look and then it registered that this child was dressed as one of the zombie cats from our video!

The rather unfortunate dangly-eyed zombie cat!

The rather unfortunate dangly-eyed zombie cat!

The girl beneath the costume is five year old Bell, who is a fan of Meow and wanted to dress up as a zombie cat this Halloween – good for her! Luckily she has a super-talented Mum and Grandma who set about making a fantastic costume for her! The head was crafted by Dawn Weast (mum) whilst Suzy Gruber (grandma) took care of the main (bloody) body of the costume – from neck right down to the claws!

'Meow Meow!' - Zombie Cat costume by Dawn Weast & Suzy Gruber

'Meow Meow!' - Zombie Cat costume by Dawn Weast & Suzy Gruber

I can’t tell you how much I grinned when I saw these photographs! I’ve seen Bell without her zombie cat head and she’s the sweetest little girl ever. I think if there was an Adorrible blog award Bell would have to win it for being so cute yet choosing to dress as a zombie cat!

You look awesome Bell, and I hear you got lots of sweets when you went Trick or Treating – well done! I hope people weren’t too scared of you! Your costume is just perfect, exactly how I imagined a real life zombie cat to be when I drew them for the animation! I bet you can dance just as good as them too.

Good work Dawn, Suzy, Matt and of course Bell and thanks for sharing your photographs with us and allowing us to show everybody.

Now I wonder if this costume comes in adult size…. :)

You know when you see something, and your first reaction is ‘Aww!’ but then you take a closer look and that ‘Aww!’ turns to an ‘Oh!’ and in exceptional cases can develop into an ‘Eww!’?

Well that thing was Adorrible!

It’s a word I made up to describe all the beautiful  things that manage to marry the two opposites of crazily cute and deliciously dark.

Enjoy!

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